Speakers at anti-corruption conference reveal reasons for coup

Speakers at the “Conference on Corruption Challenges” complained of an information gap concerning the extent of corruption that the country suffers from and which threatens its future.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

Political and civil leaders revealed at the “Challenges of Endemic Corruption in Sudan” conference that the main reason for the military coup led by General Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan wass to protect corruption and cover it up and obstruct “the empowerment removal committee.”

Saturday, the “Al-Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development” held a conference on “The Challenges of Endemic Corruption in Sudan” within the framework of a project in partnership with the International Center for Special Projects (CIPE).

The project included a number of workshops specialized in combating corruption in four main sectors: public, private, media, and civil society organizations.

The outcomes and recommendations of all sectors were discussed during the conference.

The conference’s participants revealed an intention to publish a book containing a summary of ideas, concepts and recommendations resulting from expert deliberations during workshops.

In this context, the director of the “Al-Khatim Adlan Center for Enlightenment and Human Development,” Dr. Al-Baqer Al-Afif, stressed in his address to the conference that the main driver of the military coup was “corruption” and “avoidance of justice.”

Al-Afif pointed out that corruption was a major factor in impeding the country’s renaissance, which the former Salvation regime has turned into a “spoils for the Islamic movement.”

He praised the revolutionary movement, and described it as “the great awakening that will be followed by the brilliant light.”

Al-Afif stressed the danger of “corruption” to Sudan’s future and warned that failure to combat it would lead to the perpetuation of the “failed state” situation, in which certain countries rely on benefit that comes from the looting of their resources.

In the meantime, the Country Director of the International Center for Special Projects (CIPE), Sha’za Balla Al-Mahdi, reviewed the goals of this organization, which has started working in Sudan since 2017.

Sha’za pointed out that there was a gap in the information available regarding the amount of corruption calculated in numbers, as we must know how much money Sudan has lost due to corruption, the amount that Sudan needs to convert to a digital system in collecting revenue, and the amount of money the state will after the digital move.

The transitional period and the fight against corruption

A number of ministers from the overthrown transitional government, led by Minister of Labor Tayseer Al-Nurani, Minister of Industry Ibrahim Al-Sheikh and Minister of Cabinet Affairs Khaled Omar Youssef, and Muhammad Al-Faki, Vice Chairman of the now disbanded “Empowerment Removal Committee” attended.

The ministers agreed about the spread of corruption in state agencies and reviewed their efforts to combat it and the main obstacles they encountered during the two years of the transitional period.

They also agreed that the main reason for the military coup was to protect corruption and obstruct its fight.

The “Anti-Corruption Project” had started its work at the beginning of last year before the military coup, which posed a new challenge in the political arena in general and in the fight against corruption in particular.

The main speakers at the conference prayed for the souls of the martyrs of the revolutionary movement and expressed their wishes for the recovery of the wounded and the safe return of the missing.

They also stressed on the importance of establishing democratic civil rule.

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